concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) , -ˌsen-\
concentrated; concentrating

Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus concentrate one's efforts The lenses concentrate sunlight.
b : to gather into one body, mass, or force Power was concentrated in a few able hands. concentrate the energy of a sound wave
c : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues Fish concentrate mercury.
2a : to make less dilute concentrate syrup
b : to express or exhibit in condensed form

intransitive verb

1 : to draw toward or meet in a common center
2 : gather, collect Cuban immigrants who concentrate in Florida
3 : to focus one's powers, efforts, or attention concentrate on a problem Farmers are concentrating on the wheat harvest.

concentrate

noun

Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something concentrated: such as
a : a mineral-rich product obtained after an initial processing of ore
b : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate
2 : a feedstuff (such as grains) relatively rich in digestible nutrients — compare fiber

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Other Words from concentrate

Verb

concentrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sən-​ˌtrā-​tiv How to pronounce concentrative (audio) , -​ˌsen-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for concentrate

Synonyms: Verb

condense

Antonyms: Verb

dilute, water (down)

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Examples of concentrate in a Sentence

Verb

All that noise makes it hard to concentrate. The student has difficulty concentrating. The sauce should be simmered for a few minutes to concentrate its flavors.

Noun

a frozen orange juice concentrate Is this orange juice fresh or is it made from concentrate?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To make Garrett Juice Plus concentrate, add 1 pint fish hydrolysate (liquid fish). Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to make this do-it-yourself organic fertilizer and pest control spray," 18 June 2019 These texts emphasize the importance of silence in two forms: a quiet environment in which monks can concentrate and also refrain from too much speaking. Kim Haines-eitzen, The Conversation, "The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now," 10 June 2019 Lucrécia Neves unknown, yes, but at peace, concentrated on her utmost surface. Benjamin Moser, Harper's magazine, "The Indirect World," 10 Apr. 2019 Young people do have more powers to concentrate and a lot more time. Quanta Magazine, "On the Best Use of Science to Safeguard Humanity," 5 Dec. 2018 The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Washington Capitals even Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 with Game 2 win," 31 May 2018 In schools, the military history of World War II is rarely a focus of instruction, with lessons instead concentrating on Holocaust education and the Nazi dictatorship. Kirsten Grieshaber And David Rising, chicagotribune.com, "From loss to liberation: How Germans view celebrations of Allied victory over their Nazi ancestors," 6 June 2019 The Tax Foundation projected widespread benefits from the Trump tax cuts, with the largest gains, in dollar terms and as a share of income, concentrated among high earners. New York Times, "Trump’s Tariffs Could Nullify Tax Cut, Clouding Economic Picture," 3 June 2019 Searing concentrates the flavor of the asparagus, and while boiling can result in soggy spears, this more-forgiving method reduces the risk of overcooking. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Asparagus-Ricotta Toast Is So Right Now," 23 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trucks would haul an estimated 50 daily shipments of copper concentrate down the adjacent two-lane highway, scenic state route 83. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Organic revenue, which excludes currency swings, acquisitions and divestitures, increased 5% from a year ago, helped by growth in sales of concentrates and higher prices for products. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke Raising U.S. Soda Prices, Citing Tariffs," 25 July 2018 For bait, try overripe fruit, raw meat, fish, moist canned cat food, fruit juice concentrate, molasses in water, soda pop, or any other foods or beverages that your local population tends to go for. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 The concentrates are in another category altogether. Carrie Feibel, Washington Post, "With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From ‘Don’t’ to ‘Delay’," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, powdered-drink mixes and concentrates—which aren’t affected by the tax—jumped 31% to $1.1 million. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Pennsylvania High Court Backs Philadelphia Beverage Tax," 18 July 2018 Liquid poison concentrate costs about $70 for one 20-ounce jug, which, when diluted, will make about 24 gallons of termite poison. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Termites," 8 Jan. 2019 But in June the European Union put a 25% tariff on U.S. cranberry-juice concentrate in retaliation for U.S. steel tariffs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pass the Cronyberry Sauce," 20 Nov. 2018 The sneakiest source of simple carbs are sugary beverages: sodas, juices (fresh squeezed and from concentrate), sweetened tea and coffee beverages, drink mixers and the ilk. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About a Diabetic Diet," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of concentrate

Verb

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentrate

Verb and Noun

com- + Latin centrum center

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concentrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about something : to give your attention to the thing you are doing, reading, etc.
: to cause (attention, efforts, strength, etc.) to be used or directed for a single purpose
: to make (something, such as a liquid) stronger by removing water

concentrate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that is made stronger or more pure by removing water

concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Kids Definition of concentrate

1 : to focus thought or attention on something
2 : to bring or come to or direct toward a common center Moonlight seemed to concentrate upon the highly-polished steel dome …— Brian Jacques, Redwall
3 : to make stronger or thicker by removing something (as water) Simmer the sauce to concentrate its flavors.

concentrate

verb
con·​cen·​trate | \ ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt, -ˌsen- How to pronounce concentrate (audio) \
concentrated; concentrating

Medical Definition of concentrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or direct toward a common center or objective : focus
b : to accumulate (a toxic substance) in bodily tissues fish concentrate mercury
2 : to make less dilute concentrate syrup

intransitive verb

: to fix one's powers, efforts, or attention on one thing concentrate on a problem

Other Words from concentrate

concentrator \ -​ˌtrāt-​ər How to pronounce concentrator (audio) \ noun

concentrate

noun

Medical Definition of concentrate (Entry 2 of 2)

: something prepared by concentration especially : a food reduced in bulk by elimination of fluid orange juice concentrate

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